Final Fantasy.VII (PC)
- Seamless 3-D animation
- 9 playable characters
- State-of-the-art turn-based battle system
- Navigate the enormous Final Fantasy 7 world on a variety of vehicles
- 7 minigames and several subquests
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This is where the story of Final Fantasy 7 begins. It seems that an evil power company called Shinra has found a way to mine the planet's life energy, draining it from the planet and using it to control the universe. Fortunately, a resistance organisation known as AVALANCHE has vowed to put an end to Shinra's destructive practices. The story focuses on Cloud, an ex-soldier of Shinra, who teams up with AVALANCHE, and along the way encounters some very mysterious and powerful allies who help him fight against the deadly creatures Shinra has created to protect its empire. You, as the game player, will decide their fate.
Featuring seamless 3-D gameplay and animation, Final Fantasy VII contains hundreds of pre-rendered, computer-generated backgrounds and features real-time battles, vast map screens, and a complex and engrossing storyline. Published on three CDs, Final Fantasy 7 is one of the largest and most richly detailed gaming experiences ever created.
The enormous PlayStation console smash hit Final Fantasy VII makes a successful debut on the personal computer, converted beautifully by designers Squaresoft and Eidos Interactive. Gamers familiar with Squaresoft's popular Final Fantasy series should have little trouble grasping the seventh title's action-packed, role-playing game play. However, Final Fantasy VII's excellent documentation and intuitive controls ensure that beginners won't feel overwhelmed.
Players assume the role of Cloud Strife, a defector of Shinra, the evil corporation maintaining control over the planet. As the game opens, Cloud joins "Avalanche", a resistance group determined to foil the corporation's diabolical plans. Final Fantasy VII features an extremely complex storyline, offering many hours of game play (over 60 minutes of impressive cinematic sequences are also included).
Final Fantasy VII's gameplay involves exploration, puzzle solving, and real-time combat. Players control Cloud during exploration and take on additional party members for battle sequences, which include both fantastic weaponry and dazzling spells. While the graphics are top-notch--and support 3-D hardware accelerators to sharpen the character models--the sound effects won't impress many; Squaresoft made little effort to utilise a personal computer's sophisticated sound card to its potential.
Although deeply rooted in the limitations of the PlayStation console (limited menu system, weak music, no voice-overs), Final Fantasy VII's highly addictive, easy-to-learn gameplay should provide adventure and role-playing fans many hours of enjoyment. --Doug Radcliffe, Amazon.com
- Epic storyline
- Well-developed characters
- Beautiful graphics and spell effects
- Complex magic system
- Dialogue can get cheesy
- Weak sound
- Frustrating interface
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Top Customer Reviews
Five years ago, I sat in my classroom, arguing with my friends. My point was, and I was defending it wholeheartedly, Ocarina of time was the greatest game ever. However, an opposing friend laid his best card on the table. What about Final Fantasy 7?
"Yeah!" everyone shouted. "No way" I committed.
However, I ordered the quickly disppearing game and loaded it into my CD drive.
I never looked back.
This is not a game. It is a legacy. A legend. A story that defines everything we can feel as humans, and everything we want as consumers. Utterly satsified with this game, I want a sequel to its story. You are consumed by its emotion, hard core raw edge emotion. These characters are your friends, and you know them intimately. The story and the path you traverse with your companions is frought with danger, self discovery and surpirse. The whole way through you're learning about Cloud's past, and what can I say apart from, you actually can't wait to find out more.
When a certain character passes away in this game, you are devastated, because of the way it is presented to you, and because of the way you knew the character, and because of the way you know the other characters are all affected by the death.
It sucks you in!! You feel real emotions towards this! This can't be a simple game! This is fantastic!
Anything that can bring out an emotion from you should be commended, but this whoa.... commendations would go to a whole new level.
By the time you've endured the entire game, you feel empty, because there is a void in your life left by the game.Read more ›
There's lots to do on this game, whether you are into snowboarding, motorbiking, battling or even shooting hoops on a basketball ring, this game has something to offer EVERYONE. You'll see reviews saying that there's 40-60 hours gameplay on this from start to finish. If you ignore the side quests you can do it in 24. If you fancy having a play it can be well over 100 hours!!! So start drinking lots of coffee, you've a lot of late nights ahead!!
Where do I start? If you've played any of the subsequent Final Fantasy games and enjoyed them, buy this. It will blow your mind. If you're not familiar with RPGs, you're in for a treat. I've heard people complain about the awkward controls in the battles. Maybe this is because I played the ps1 version, but I had no problems (I was about 15 or 16 when I owned it). The fights themselves are captivating, engaging, tense, there aren't enough positive adjectives in the English language to carry on. The battles are also often beautiful- achieved by the monsters you summon and the spells you cast. If you think magic, monsters and sorcery sound childish, you will need to employ a very tactical strategy when battling, which will change as you encounter new opponents. As you progress through the game, your powers become stronger and your magic even more enjoyable to watch.
This feature of powers increasing themselves over time is one of the many great things about this game. The more enemies you defeat, and the more battles you participate in, the stronger you become, making you want to play the game more and more. You'll want to look around every corner and defeat every opponent just in case there's a more powerful sword or secret item waiting for you.
As you progress through the game, you'll need to customize your team to suit particular battles. Certain weapons are better against particular opponents but may have adverse effects on the group as a whole. This is the most basic of challenges you'll be faced with as the depth of the battle system creates lots of interesting challenges against different opponents throughout.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great game 100 hours of playing One of the best of the series! Highly recommendedPublished 3 months ago by Neptuner
unfair too rate as it doesnt work with windows 8 so avoid buying for new computers. that being said the service from the supplier was first rate.Published 21 months ago by 6symcgregor
Top banana game, probably the best PS1 game of all time? but just been released again on STEAM for £9.99Published on 10 July 2013 by Rachel Louise Pritchard
This is the best game with the best protaganist, the best puzzles and the best adventure. This is what gaming is all about and I'd wish they'd make another to match it.Published on 11 Dec. 2010 by sunnysideoflove
This game is truly and deservedly the greatest game ever made. Nothing will ever surpass its beauty, its story, its music or it's characters. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by Jonathan Grier
Well I wanted to add final fantasy 7 and 8 to my collection, two of the best games I've ever played, I suggest anyone who can afford these ridiculous prices to buy it, classic... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2007 by Mr. JD Carter
Oh come on guys, you know the drill, it's Final Fantasy 7. During its release it was hailed as one of the best games ever made, hell some claim it's THE best game ever made. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2007 by M. Behenna